Lowestoft Town, 1 Billericay 1
A stoppage time equaliser by Ashley Wild deprived Lowestoft of all three points at Crown Meadow.
Lowestoft looked to have bagged the victory thanks to Dale Cockrill's fine finish after a flowing Lowestoft move but Wild broke Blues' hearts by bundling the ball home in stoppage time after a free kick hadn't been cleared properly.
Billericay deserved a share of the spoils in truth and, but for a wonderful flying save from Andy Reynolds moments after the equaliser, would have been celebrating victory.
The Trawlerboys just couldn't get going as an attacking force in the first period and the harder they toiled the more the visitors grew in confidence. Billericay were unlucky not to take the lead on the half-hour mark. Sean Bonnett-Johnson wriggled free down the right flank before firing across the face of goal and as Lowestoft failed to clear Harrison Chatting had a right-footed effort cleared off the line by Sam Gaughran.
Seven minutes into the second half a great Lowestoft move punctuated all the mediocrity that had gone before as the Blues got their noses in front. Smith exchanged passes with Joe Francis down the left before pulling the ball back for Stock, who showed great awareness by stepping over the ball, and Cockrill side-footed home.
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The Crown Meadow faithful are unlikely to see a better goal this season and Cockrill is picking up a nice habit of scoring important goals after notching his fifth of the season. Michael Frew had a decent chance to double Lowestoft's advantage when he met Scott Mitchell's free kick at the near post but his right-footed flick was well saved by Jones. Sam Gaughran then went close but he got a little too much elevation on his header after finding himself completely free at the back post.
The misses would come back to haunt Lowestoft late on and when Smith needlessly handled for a free kick on the edge of the box there was an inevitability that an equaliser would follow.
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Chatting's free-kick hit the wall but the visitors kept the ball alive and Wild reacted first inside the six-yard area to put the ball past Reynolds. Micah Hyde's driven free kick from all of 30 yards almost gave Billericay the points but Reynolds pulled off a fantastic save.